This program provides safety assessments and hazard elimination for qualified applicants. For the elderly and the disabled, the home can be a dangerous place. Members of these populations are constantly at risk for falls and are in danger of exposure to carbon monoxide and other environmental agents in the home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. Of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around or live independently and increase their risk of early death. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.
Because of the crippling impact of falls and because statistics indicate that most seniors who fall in their homes are never able to return there after the accident, the best way to address this problem is through prevention. By implementing various safety modifications, such as grab bars in the bathroom, handheld shower heads, elevated toilet seats, exterior handrails, or wheelchair ramps, the Safe at Home program helps prevent the kind of accident or exposure that would cause injury, illness, or even death. We also provide smoke alarm installation, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors to our recipients to address environmental hazards in the home.
To meet the urgent needs of our clients, we offer Safe at Home year-round.